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Outdoors Cape Region Fishing Report Continued from page 72 pie can almost fish out an area. The shellfish beds near the Cape Henlopen State Park pier, for ex- ample, are nearly fished out and now have relatively few clams, he said. Part of the reason is people taking too many clams, but other areas of the bays continue to be very good clamming areas. Believe it or not, Pingree said some people ignore dosed shell- fish signs in order to dig clams. The most blatant example this summer was the Savage's Ditch area just north of Indian River In- let. The area is closed to shellfish- ing and clammers literally walked past the closed shellfishing sign in order to go clamming. The result, according to Pin- gree, is perhaps 50 arrests at that one site this year, he said. Thanks in large part to such pc>- tential unhealthy shenanigans, his department plans an effort to more closely sign closed shellfish areas. That area is plainly marked, but some areas are less obvious and it's generally harder for clammers to decide what is open or closed. So, Pingree plans to put up more signs for next year. If you have any questions, Pin- gree suggests that you call him to determine whether an area is open or not. You can reach Jack Pin- gree at 739-4590. Trophy bucks taken Bowhunting season for deer has opened and a few nice deer are be- ing reported. Kersey Outfitters re- ported hearing about a nine point buck taken so far while Acie Mankins of B & R Tackle and Hunting said that Dana Pusey of Dagsboro has taken a trophy class ten point buck. Swirling winds have made it difficult for bow hunters so far, al- though many deer are being spot- ted. Kersey Outfitters said that makes it a bit easier for the deer to smell the hunters and spook be- fore they can get off a good shot. Co-op helping ospreys Business doesn't get a lot of credit for helping the environ- ment. The Delaware Electric Co- operative, however, should be no- ticed for its efforts to help in- crease the number of nesting os- preys or fish hawks. In the last three years, nesting platforms built on abandoned util- ity poles have produced six young ospreys at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge. The site is near water and is an ideal site for ospreys. The birds are frequently sited at the refuge, but the nesting is the first con- firmed osprey nest at the refuge since 1971. The ospreys have made a remarkable comeback in the last two decades, but they have a potentially deadly habit of nest- ing on utility poles. Surf fishing turns red hot; 1,458 caught in By Michael Short Why aren't you fishing? Surf fishing is the best of the year fight now and you ought to be standing knee deep in the suds. Surf action is red hot with trout to 22 inches being taken at Broad- kill and Roosevelt, a mix of blues and flout at Cape Henlopen Point and blues up the entire oceanfront. Anglers are reporting hits on every cast on cut and whole mul- let. Acie Mankins of B and R Bait, Tackle and Hunting Supplies said the surf fishing is very good now for trout, undersize stripers, king- fish and bluefish. But the best ac- tion by far is on bluefish, which are mostly 10 to 18 inches long, and trout. Mullet is the bait of choice for surf action now be- cause of the large amount of mul- let working in the surf. Mankins suggests using a fish finder rig with either live mullet or fillets of mullet for trout. Dewey tourney The Second Annual Dewey Beach Surf Fishing Tournament took advantage of that fine fishing this past weekend. Get a load of some of the statistics from the Sept. 21 and 22 tournament, which stresses catch and release fishing. Winner Gary Born caught 67 fish (451 points) during the two- Dewey tourney day tournament. Second place winner Phil Dowdel caught 37 fish worth 275 points and there were a total of 1,458 fish caught. For some reason, the turnout wasn't as good as it could have been. But there were still 170 indi- vidual fishermen and seven fami- lies participating. There were also children in what proved to be very much a family outing. The tournament was coordinat- ed by the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen. The major sponsors were the Starboard Restaurant and Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Shop. The tournament was promoted by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. ''his time of year is perfect for fishing," said Bill Martin of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen. "Everybody was happy." Of the 1,458 fish taken, 836 fish were released. The winner Gary Born is from New Jersey. Dowdel, the second place winner, is from New Jersey. Third place was won by Thomas Guare of Delaware who caught 35 fish and tallied 241 points. Russel Sutton of Delaware caught 27 fish and finished fourth with 229 points. Ronald Hanulik of Delaware caught 36 fish and finished fifth (judging was based on points, not necessarily on the number of fish. Larger fish scored more points in the tournament) with 198 points. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 27 - October 3, 1996 - 73 The top winners in the children's class were first place winner Jesse Coulbourn, second place winner B.J. Savage and third through fifth place winners (in order) Wade Cotter, Amanda Wojciechowski and Jeff Paquette. The top winner among families was the Cotter Family of Pennsyl- vania, followed by the Woj- ciechowski Family, the Coul- bourn Family, the Cordeaux Fam- ily and the McHale Family. Delaware Bay Delaware Bay anglers reported another banner week of fishing. When wind conditions allowed boats to sail fishermen brought in full coolers of croaker to 20 inch- es from the area of the Outer Wall to A Buoy this week. The pier at Cape Henlopen State Park is reporting small bluefish and some limit catches of trout on mullet. Hoss's Pier One is report- ing some flounder are also being caught off the pier. Frozen peeler, bloodworms and small squid strips were the baits for Delaware Bay angling, accord- ing to R & R Sports Center. Croaker and trout were also re- ported mixed with flounder in the Anchorage through the mouth of the Bay down to Bethany from one to three miles off the beach. Good hauls of trout and bluefish came from the Outer Wall and Icebreakers on cut as well as whole finger mullet. Stripers be- gan to show at dusk and daybreak in the rips, 8B Buoy and Over- falls. Both produced fish this week on eels. Fish should also be at the Wall and Hen and Chickens Shoal. Best bet is to fish before the bluefish wake up and after they go to bed. There are trout hitting in the lower Broadkill slough and mixed with the croakers. Flounder can be had on the Anchorage edges, a hot spot all year, or at 8B Buoy. But for one of the few times this year, flounder are not the star attraction. Still, some very nice fish can be caught like the 7.07 pounder caught by Mike Junck on Sept. 20 at the Old Grounds and the 9.6 pounder caught by Kevin Walsh at the Anchorage's A Buoy, ac- cording to Joe Morris of Lewes Harbour Marina. Offshore Chunkers on the Hot Dog re- ported yellowfin still showing on an early morning bite and Henry Hoffman had four nice tuna trolling south east of the area Sat- urday morning. Longfin tuna were reported in the Baltimore. Indian River and nearby Indian River continues to load up with bluefish of mixed size on the incoming tide and these fish can be caught on bucktails, spoons, plugs and just about any- thing else you want to throw at them. A few nice flounder are still moving through the inlet such as Bob Zeigler's 7.5 pounder. Nice Continued on page '/4 SPORTS FANS! 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